Flag of Sir Ben.
Saviour of America! (I thought we fought a war with these blokes?)
Flag of Russell Coutts and some of "Team USA."
New Zealand - Commonwealth member.
Flag of Jimmy Spithill and most of "Team USA."
Australia - Commonwealth member. Hm, I beginning to sense a pattern.
Flag of the Lord of Lanai, aka Larry Ellison
Hawaii - "Discovered" by Captain Cook who ended up getting conked on the head after attempting to kidnap his host, King Kalaniʻōpuʻu. Never bite the hand that feeds you!
Flag of the home of the next America's Cup.
Bermuda - British Overseas Territory. Larry's next purchase....oh wait, they'll let him have it for free. Cheerio!
Verdict: Benedict Arnold! He too pretended to be a patriot.
I serve at the pleasure of Her Majesty The Queen.
If we don't have Americans on Team USA, then we don't have to defend the America's Cup in America.
It's ludicrous to suggest New York as a sailing venue. It make absolutely no sense to hold an event in a place that is the media and finacial center of the United States, has hotels, restaurants, shopping, tourists, and a natural ampitheater that can accomidate a few million of your closest friends. What a dumb idea!
Besides, Larry doesn't want his galley slaves to be distracted.
Long Beach, no way!
San Francisco, are you kidding me? (Those guys supported the Kiwis.)
Newport, really? Why on earth we hold an event there? I think someone calling himself the Tillerman lives there, god no!
How about Buzzards Bay? That's a no go!
Hawai'i? The Shogun owns one of her islands. Sorry, they serve Mai Tais, the wrong rum drink.
Key West! Who in their right mind would hold a sailing race off of a tiny island?
San Diego. Egads, the home of Dennis Connor! You need to see a shrink.
2 ounces dark rum (Gosling's Black Seal)
3 ounces ginger beer (Barritt's)
Glass Type: Collins glass
Combine the rum, and ginger beer (not ginger ale!!!!) in a tall glass full of ice cubes. Stir. Lime is optional, just don't tell a Bermudian, he'll gag.
The Fat Lady has sung!
Oracle Team USA (if you're a sailor, you already know this) made a dramatic comeback to snatch the America's Cup from what all the pundits (yours truly included) had said was a sure thing for the Kiwis.
The Cup, she's not going anywhere. She left her heart in San Francisco.
Kudos to Jimmy, Sir Ben, Sir Russell Coutts (I wonder if he can go home to New Zealand?), the crew of Oracle and yes, to Larry "The Shogun" Ellison for putting on a great effort and changing forever how sailboat races will be conducted in the future.
That I, one of the naysayers, would get excited by the America's Cup. How could I not be, the comeback from the big hole that Team Oracle dug itself into has thrilled sailors around the world. Say what you want about Larry, he does know how to pick talent. Now it all comes down to one more race, and yes, the fat lady will finally sing.